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8:00 AM on 04.18.2015

It's your kids, Naruto! Something's gotta be done about your kids!

I'll be honest, I've always wanted to say that in relation to, something, so I may as well say it now that the new teaser for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- is out. But it's not just Marty Naruto's kid that's the problem: Sa...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 04.17.2015

Animator Expo's Diary of Ochibi adaptation will make you hungry

I don't know about you, but whenever I watch a food-related piece, my craving for tasty delicacies goes up. Seeing that the Japan Animator Expo project's 18th short starts off with a segment that takes place in a bento, one c...

Salvador GRodiles

OP Up! - Winter 2015 Edition photo
OP Up! - Winter 2015 Edition
by Red Veron

Last season had some really great shows and a few surprises even though the lineup didn't seem that strong. Since we just started a new season, I'm back with some openings for this week's OP Up! with a few that I thought were pretty good.

Which one is your favorite from last season? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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Final Impressions: Sword Art Online II photo
Final Impressions: Sword Art Online II
by Salvador GRodiles

There’s something wonderful about having a show make you feel emotional-- especially when you were certain that the series couldn’t top its first half. One moment you’re expecting the program to fall apart when it when it failed to live up to its earlier storyline. Then, like a ninja that sneaks up on its targets, your skepticism transforms into a pool of tears that flows out of your eyeballs. I guess that’s how I sum up my experience with Sword Art Online II’s Mother’s Rosario Arc.

While life-related events prevented me from covering Sword Art Online II weekly on here, my desire to share my thoughts on the rest of the series hasn’t died down. Let’s just say my situation was similar to the scenario that caused me to leave Japanator temporarily.

Seeing that it’s been a long time since my last SAO II entry, it’s time for us to look at the show’s final 11 episodes, as we get ready to hit the “Log Off” button on the anime’s second season. Also, I'd like to apologize for letting life get in the way of my anime and toku coverage.

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4:00 PM on 04.13.2015

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira To...

Hiroko Yamamura

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2
by Josh Tolentino

Who would ever buy an android that has to go to the bathroom? 

Worse still, who would ever buy an android that, though it doesn't age, degrades in much the same way that people do when its up there in years?

These are questions I'd like to ask of SAI, the big company behind Plastic Memories' setting.

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8:00 PM on 04.11.2015

Animator Expo's 17th short hits us with a quick mystery

It's time to look at another Animator Expo short and we might have to put on our thinking caps. Compare to the other stories, "Three Fallen Witnesses" throws us in the middle of a situation where two detectives are investigat...

Salvador GRodiles

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14
by Josh Tolentino

When last we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, ufotable's big, fabulously expensive-looking adaptation of Fate/stay night's most beloved story arc left our heroes in the lurch. Though an adorable date opened episode twelve, the last installment before the show went on hiatus will be remembered by many as the day our heroes lost their beloved Saber (or rather "Seibaaaa!").

Unfortunately for people who aren't fans of losing, episode thirteen shows us that Shirou and Rin have a ways yet to fall before hitting rock bottom.

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First Impressions: Plastic Memories photo
First Impressions: Plastic Memories
by Josh Tolentino

There's a lot I don't get about Plastic Memories. There a few critical points that I encountered in its first episode that don't make a huge amount of sense to me, nor would they to any sensible contemporary person.

That's great!

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37
by Josh Tolentino

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure may be best known in this day and age for helping define the landscape of shonen storytelling conventions, but one thing that shouldn't be ignored is ome of the sheer creativity creator Hirohiko Araki brought to those fights. 

And considering that in the wider canon of JoJo's story arcs, Stardust Crusaders is particularly straightforward, and almost dour by some comparisons. That in mind, the return - and end - of Hol Horse can serve as a landmark encounter, one that is frequently hilarious and even occasionally profound.

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Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery 2 of 2 photo
Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery 2 of 2
by Red Veron

[Let's hang out and chat about Anime Matsuri tonight at 10PM Central! We have prizes to give out!]

Here is the second batch of cosplay photos for you to enjoy! I apologize for the giant spread picture of Kaori from Your Lie in April, I too am still recovering from that one and have made it clear to the cosplayer that her awesomely done cosplay has greatly affected me emotionally. Another character that may bring on the waterworks is a Menma cosplay from AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Feels, baby. All da feels.

This second batch also features some great RWBY cosplays, which are always pretty nicely done every time I see them at a convention. There's also a Tomoko from Watamote cosplay in there too!


Join us tonight (April 7) for a stream where we'll be giving out prizes for Anime Matsuri!

Part 1 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay Gallery

Shoutout to Chaotic Harmony for having these awesome durable plastic(?) keychains that are pretty rad. I promise I will buy one the next time I see him since I got low on cash money on Sunday.

Part 1 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay Gallery


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Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery 1 of 2 photo
Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery 1 of 2
by Red Veron

[Let's Chat about Anime Matsuri on our stream at 10PM Central on April 7]

Part 2 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay Gallery

Japanator was back at Anime Matsuri, Houston's best anime convention this past Easter weekend and we've got pictures of some of the great cosplay at the annual event. I wasn't able to get all of the awesome cosplay due to some technical difficulties but was still able to get some for your eyes to feast on!

I personally enjoyed Anime Matsuri with all the nice people I met and all great cosplay I saw there. I just wish I wasn't down with the plague for most of it but there's always next year!

Join us tonight (April 7) for a stream where we'll be giving out prizes for Anime Matsuri!

I'd like to make a special shoutout to PaperCuties, from whom I bought these awesomely cute posters and stickers! I am going to hang them up as soon I get the proper materials because these are so cool.

Come back tomorrow for the second batch of great cosplay.

Part 2 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay Gallery

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Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try photo
Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try
by Josh Tolentino

In my mind, in the story I've built for myself for lack of genuine information, Gundam Build Fighters is The Little Gundam That Could, a show and concept that someone in the bowels of Bandai or Sunrise had to fight for, the staff cobbling keyframes out of Q-tips and elbow grease, sneaking new episodes away under the noses of The Suits for delivery to eager broadcasters and Youtube, and into the faces of true believers everywhere.

Of course, the reality of that couldn't be further from the truth.

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Japanator's Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide! photo
Japanator's Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide!
by Josh Tolentino

Spring is in the air, folks! First-semester romance, flower-viewing parties, and the first blooms of the season!

And like those youngest, prettiest buds, we here at Japanator are ready to scope out the brand-newest (and brand-nudist for Triage X, by the looks of things) Japanese cartoons for your eyeball pleasures!

Get on below and behold what's in store for you and otaku like you this spring!

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10:00 PM on 04.03.2015

Suda 51's Animator Expo short takes us to the moon

To this day, I have yet to play one of Suda 51's titles; however, I'm familiar with the guy's bizarre storytelling style, since my friends told me about his greatness. Scratch that; I did play Liberation Maiden and the first ...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 04.03.2015

Prepare to return to Knights of Sidonia

Last year's breakout hit, Knights of Sidonia is getting set to return to airwaves next week, and there's a new commercial to get you prepared. So, what is that thing Nagate is talking to? It sure looks a bit.. Umm.. nevermin...

Hiroko Yamamura